Take The Crown [Deluxe] CD+DVD
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Ninth studio album by the BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter. Debuting at #1 in the Official UK Albums Chart, the album features the hit single 'Candy' as well as new tracks 'Gospel', 'All That I Want' and 'Into The Silence'. This deluxe edition features the bonus tracks 'Reverse' and 'Eight Letters' (demo). The DVD includes the making of documentary 'It's Not Like the Others', as well as 'The Candyman Day 1 (Behind the Scenes)' and 'The Candyman Day 2 (Behind the Scenes)'.
It could be argued that Robbie Williams’ star had waned before his reunion with Take That; making the appropriation of his Rudebox template for the boys-to-men-band’s successful return with Progress somewhat ironic.
But Take the Crown, Robbie’s first solo set since 2009’s Reality Killed the Video Star, aims to reclaim his position as one of pop’s foremost solo artists.
This ninth album opens with saxophone, revisiting the reflective tone of Robbie’s Take That stint; and, indeed, much of his previous solo material. Accompanied by stabbing synths and nostalgic lyrics, Be a Boy is an effortlessly victorious beginning.
Gospel also mines the past for inspiration: “I used to be so excited on my own,” he sings. Few people have blurred the line between self-therapy and pop success quite like Robbie, and Gospel is typically bombastic; although an unnecessary “go f*** yourself” torpedoes the track’s warm sentiments.
The presence of producer Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., Editors, Snow Patrol) demonstrates that Robbie’s search to replace Guy Chambers and Steve Power has grown less urgent and more interesting; he’d previously roped in Stephen Duffy and Mark Ronson.
Lead single Candy Girl is catchier than Velcro, although it’s unclear why anyone needs to own it – after the second listen it owns you. It’s eager to please, certainly.
Different is aimed at fans missing Angels, but it isn’t that interesting. The album comes to life, though, with All That I Want and the hypnotic Hunting for You, while Into the Silence is evocative of Joshua Tree-period U2.
Things close with a group-hug of a duet with American singer Lissie, a cover of Belle Brigade’s song Losers. But its “I don’t care about being a winner” lyric is seemingly at odds with the spirit of the album.
Despite these highlights, Take the Crown finds Robbie sounding rather too serious, rather too often. It’s safe, something of a retreat from past endeavours to a sound more suited to commercial returns in the present. Those with a penchant for slightly unhinged pop might do well to listen instead to a certain band called Take That.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jennifer K. Lafferty
Author of "Offbeat Love Stories and More"
On the whole, a good selection of new material. Only one song in my mind lets it down (S*** On The Radio, too repetitive on the line s*** on the radio makesit a spoiler) but the remainder are very good indeed. Purchased from the MP3 store on the day of release and have listened to it 3 times that day already !
It is different to his last offering, 2009's Reality Killed The Video Star, which itself was also a great album. This time, Robbie focuses a lot on more uptempo material. There are hardly any real, slow ballads on this (only about 2), yet at the same time, most of the songs have a lot of heart. A lot of this album sounds like it has influences of U2 with a pinch of Coldplay and even a tiny bit of Keane. I begins with "Be A Boy", which is a great opener. This could have been the first single in my opinion (it's certainly much better than "Candy"). This is the kind of song that will have stadiums singing along with him. The only thing I dislike about this track is the saxophone (seriously, who uses a sax in 2012?) (10/10)
Next up is "Gospel" which is another big song. It starts off modestly but morphs into being very anthemic towards the end. I do feel that the swear words at the end kind of ruin the song a bit as they seems unnecessary, but otherwise this song is pretty good (8.5/10). "Candy" is up next, which (somehow) was the first single. This isn't a horrible song, but to me, it is very mediocre, and I can't believe it was chosen as the lead single to represent the album. It sticks out like a sore thumb on the album, as it doesn't sounds like any of the other songs. I could do with or without it (5/10).
"Different" is THE track on this album. This will be the second single in December. It's easily the best track on the album and probably Robbie's best single since his Escapology days.Read more ›
As I review this fine album ( and it is.. in essence) Robbie has had his 39th Birthday Birthday. As a man he has grown up and as a Performer he has also grown. This is very much Robbie the mature man, you could say (To quote one of his songs...).'To be a )Better Man' and since becoming a Dad for the first time to a little girl, he has seen life so differently to those early days when his songs were 'so full of anger'. this is' Mature Pop'. Candy, the third song on the Cd is about a girl called Candice and her inner turmoil that she needs lots of material possessions (Horses etc) to help her feel less insecure....but she has no self esteem anyway) Its a great song a written with Gary Barlow (of course) and is so catchy. Almost in a school playground kinda way...(NahNah Nah NahNah) and his first solo no 1 since' Radio' in Oct 2004. (This was to be his 8th No 1 as such) Track 4 'Different' is also good but don't remember it making the Top 20 though. lets see about track 1 " Be a Boy" his new single?
It IS a good album (His 12th UK Album....2 greatest hits,,one Live album and 9 studio albums. Not a bad achievement for a lad that really failed ALL his school exams!!! he has been a pop star since his was 16!!
Just think HAD he passed all his exams he may have gone in to another Career and we wouldn't have him in our lives singing songs that sends shivers down one's spine. He is a fine entertainer, a good man and father and is handsome' to boot.' the fact that I am older than his Mum is beside the point!! I recommend it, not his best but still is a fine album THAT is why it made No1!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent product better than I thought it would be considerng how cheap it was, great fast delivery also will defo buy from againPublished 5 months ago by MR S R STEEL
Another good album from Robbie.
Some tracks don't hit home as much as other, but there aren't any stinkers.